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New Regulatory Bodies to Cover Traditional Medicines

  • 19 Mar 2020
  • 1 min read

Why in News

Recently, the Rajya Sabha passed the National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCIM) Bill, 2019 and the National Commission for Homeopathy Bill, 2019 for setting up separate commissions for Indian traditional systems of medicine and homoeopathy respectively.

  • The National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCIM) Bill, 2019 seeks to replace the existing regulator Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM) with a new body to ensure transparency.
  • Whereas, the National Commission for Homeopathy Bill, 2019, aims to replace the Central Council for Homeopathy, which is the current regulatory body for homeopathy.

Key Points

  • Overall Objectives:
    • The two legislations aim to ensure availability of quality medical professionals of Indian systems of medicine and homeopathy.
    • The Bills also intend to adopt and integrate the latest research with the traditional medicines.
  • Loopholes:
    • Exclusion of yoga and naturopathy from the ambit of the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine.
    • Absence of an appellate tribunal for both the commissions.
    • Lack of integration of modern and traditional medical education.

Source: IE

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